Unit 6: Enquiries

In US English, you should always use inquiry and inquiry, regardless of the formality of the investigation. In British English, inquiry and inquire are used to describe formal/official investigations and lines of questioning, whereas enquire and inquiry are used in less formal investigations.

These inquiries relate to a sentence's topic.

  • Who drives you to class?
  • What is your favorite place?
  • What irritates you the most?
  • What time would be best?

  • Avoid using the auxiliary verb "do" (also "does" or "did"): Who drives you where? not Who takes you, exactly?

Yes or no/ Objective questions

The typical response to these queries is "yes" or "yes, of course" or "no" or "I'm sorry."

  • Are you ready?
  • Is that practical?
  • Do you recall me?
  • Would you kindly provide me with the report?

Prior to the subject, use the auxiliary verb: Do you still recall...? not ‘You do recall’.

Object questions

These inquiries concern the sentence's object:

  • Where would you want to meet?
  • Who were the guests at the gathering?
  • Why weren't you able to go?
  • How much will this cost me?

Use an auxiliary verb (such as "do," "did," "had," "can," etc.) whenever possible: Which location would you prefer? not Where would you want to meet?

You may use this expression to ask a question in an email. It conveys your want to hear back.

Asking for updation

  • Will you attend the ceremony on Saturday? Please let me know. Thanks…
  • I want to go to training on Friday. Please let me know when the event will begin.